The M13 bacteriophage can be used to deliver a DNA message in the “Bi-Fi” biological internet cell-to-cell communication system (Image: Shutterstock)
The M13-based cell-to-cell communication system (bottom) represented with the framework of the Shannon communication system (top) (Image: Ortiz/Endy)
The internet has revolutionized global communications and now researchers at Standford University are looking to provide a similar boost to bioengineering with a new process dubbed “Bi-Fi.” The technology uses an innocuous virus called M13 to increase the complexity and amount of information that can be sent from cell to cell. The researchers say the Bi-Fi could help bioengineers create complex, multicellular communities that work together to carry out important biological functions.
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